Mason contract to be extended to 2007

It appears that Michigan State University's Board of Regents has come to a unanimous decision regarding the future of the University's athletic department.

EAST LANSING - It appears that Michigan State University's Board of Regents has come to a unanimous decision regarding the future of the University's athletic department.

The board has tentatively agreed to extend the contract of Ron Mason one year to the 2007 season. It also appears that the board is seriously considering grooming senior associate athletic director Mark Hollis to take over Mason's position in 2008.

Michigan State officials would not confirm anything beyond the fact that Mason would receive an extension next month and that the University would conduct a search for Mason's successor, but Hollis would appear to be a strong candidate.

"There are [candidates for the job] and, sure, Mark would be one of them. His name's the most visible out there, for sure," Mason told the Lansing State Journal.

Hollis has been a candidate for several major university openings including at Pittsburgh and South Florida. But some sources say that not everyone within the University community are happy with the image often associated with Hollis.

The Sporting News portrayed MSU's BasketBowl game which set an NCAA attendance mark and other ideas of Hollis - including a proposed MSU/Florida basketball game on Disney World's "Main Street" throughfare as "wacky."

The most likely scenario is that the University would conduct an inclusive nationwide search and Hollis would be among the names considered.

The Board's move continues the continuity and stability the program experienced with the transition from former director Clarence Underwood to Mason.


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